Letter: Promoting adoption

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LIV O'Hanlon (letter, 26 March) challenges BAAF to come up with proposals to improve the future for children in care. BAAF has taken action to promote adoption as a unique opportunity for family life for children in the care system who cannot return to their original families. This action includes:

Campaigning vigorously for the introduction of comprehensive new adoption legislation, currently shelved by the Government, which would place the child's welfare as the paramount consideration in court decisions on freeing children for adoption.

Organising the first ever National Adoption Week in October 1997, which generated 267 press articles urging more prospective adopters to come forward for the older children now needing new families.

Publishing and promoting widely our Be My Parent newspaper profiling children for whom local authorities have been unable to find new families.

Collating new statistics about the background of children now adopted and about their adoptive families, including information about how long children wait for new families.

In May, BAAF is holding a national conference for adoption managers and policy makers entitled "From Care to Adoption: confronting the reality facing the future". Important new research will be presented which will challenge existing practice and offer possible solutions to assist local authorities in providing consistently high quality adoption services.

FELICITY COLLIER

Director, British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF)

London SE1

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